I just got back from the doctor where we found out that Holly has a bladder infection. She was given two shots of antibiotics in her legs and a prescription to take care of the rest of the infection. We got to the doctor at 12:00 and were out of there a little over an hour later. If the infection doesn't clear up in the next couple days, they will do whatever steps necessary to rid her body of it.
I feel so blessed.
I hate taking the kids to the doctor. I always complain about it and put it off as long as I can. If I wait longer than 15 minutes I get irritated and if my prescription isn't ready when I go to pick it up I feel put out. Today was different.
I just finished reading, and loving, the book "The Poisonwood Bible". It is a fictional story about an American family living in Africa that helped me remember the reality of Africa. When their babies get sick they certainly don't have a doctor 5 minutes from their home. And if they are one of the few lucky ones who can make it to a doctor, the wait is hours long. And once they get in to see the doctor, the chances that the medicine they need is available is even smaller. And if there is a cost involved, most of them are out of luck. The majority of the people have to try whatever they can to heal their sick child on their own and then just wait and pray that the infection will clear. What I just witnessed happen in an hour won't happen in a lifetime for so many people.
While in Africa, I helped at a temporary medical clinic for a day. People stood in line for hours and were given a handful of tylenol to help with their many ailments. No infections were cured that day.
As always, time will pass and I'll find myself irritated in a waiting room, wondering why I've been there for more than 15 minutes. But for now, I feel overwhelmed by the luxuries we enjoy. I am grateful that after a week of watching Holly suffer, I can now watch her heal and return to her feisty two-year-old self. Too many mothers wait weeks, if not months, for the healing to come. I am so blessed.